Linking the European People to the European Decision
Now we have proposed several necessary mechanisms in order to create a real European people, we must look at the best way to involve it in the European decision-making process. This part is about democratizing Europe.
- Transparency and Accountability of the “Independents”: the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the European Central Bank
Mandatory public debates and declarations. Publication of contradictory arguments;
Integration of representatives of the European people in the discussions (Parliamentarians, NGOs, Trade-Unions);
Possibility of veto by the European people or its representatives;
Possibility of recommendations and decisions by the European people (Parliament’s vote, referendums, petitions).
- A Truly Democratic Parliament
To standardize voting methods;
Introduction of a part of lottery in the designation of representatives;
Better sharing of commissions and key positions between nationalities;
Campaigns by true European parties and not national parties;
Official choice of the President of the Commission;
Right to resign a commissioner (individual responsibility);
More control over the policies of the independents (veto, representation inside);
More commitment in the definition of the EU budget;
Better integration of the national parliaments in the decisions (including in the Commission)
- Administration and Expertise
Limitation of the “pantouflage”, circulations between the public and private sectors;
Transparency of expertise and the use of private cabinets;
Equity of nationalities represented in the administration;
Entry more open to social, political and ideological pluralism.
We have exposed a few conditions in favor of the legitimacy of the EU institutions. This democratic legitimacy would allow to create a much stronger and efficient Europe.